After being benched by Coach Matt Nagy in Week 3 in favor of backup QB Nick Foles, Trubisky has been MIA.
Perhaps inspired by the Saints use of Taysom Hill against the Bears in their Week 8 overtime loss, Nagy hints that Tribuisky will have an expanded role a la Hill.
Quite honestly, it is a shock that Nagy did not come up with this plan earlier.
Trubisky’s assets are his legs, more so than his throwing arm.
(You could argue that if the Bears could combine Trubisky’s legs with Foles’ throwing accuracy, they would be unstoppable.)
So should fans get ready for the trick plays, the Wildcat formation, and maybe a Philly Special thrown in for good measure?
Trubisky’s receiving skills are not as good as Taysom Hill’s so the Bears will need to figure out how to make it work.
When asked about expanding Trubisky’s role, Nagy said:
“Yeah, we could. Credit to Mitch. He’s done a really good job in his role that he’s in right now. It’s a weapon for us to be able to use his legs and then obviously be able to throw the ball as well. That’s something that we’re looking at and every game could be a little bit different but it’s something that teams have to prepare for.”
Trubisky vs. Foles
For anyone still lamenting the benching of Trubisky in Week 3, the stats muddy the water even more.
Mitchell Trubisky vs. Nick Foles
Record: Trubisky 3-0, Foles 2-2
TD-to-INT: Trubisky 6-to-3, Foles 6-6
Rush yards: Trubisky 87, Foles (-1)
QB Rating: Trubisky 87.4, Foles 78.0
— Jody Smith (@JodySmithNFL) October 27, 2020
Foles led the Bears to a big win over Tom Brady’s Buccaneers, whereas Trubisky’s wins were over the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, and Atlanta Falcons.
Nick Foles has started during the more difficult part of the schedule with the Bucs, Rams, Saints, and Colts.
But Bears fans after losing back-to-back games to the Rams and Saints may want to see Trubisky back under center and not in a Taysom Hill-like role.
Should the Bears go back to Mitch Trubisky as the starting QB?
— Bryan Perez (@BryanPerezNFL) November 2, 2020
After the loss to the Saints, Nagy was asked about former Bears player Zach Miller tweeting his support for Trubisky to resume the starting QB duties.
— Zach Miller (@ZMiller86) November 1, 2020
“I didn’t see the tweet, I don’t know anything about that, but I think we all understand that we as a team, we watch tape, we watch video and we do what’s best, we make the best decision based off of how we do as a team not just one position. And that’s what we do. I appreciate everyone’s opinions and thoughts, suggestions, but I think there’s a lot more to it right now than that.”
Bears Upcoming Games
The Bears are 5-3 and likely to compete with the Green Bay Packers (currently 5-2) for the NFC North title.
They have yet to face the Packers so two divisional games will tell the tale.
Those games happen in Weeks 11 and 16.
Presumably Foles will still be the starting quarterback, and Trubisky will be the gadget play guy, but a lot can change in a few weeks’ time in the NFL.